Lasana Harris, Ph.D.

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Phone: 919-660-5668

Durham, NC 27708

Email: lasana DOT harris AT duke DOT edu

Assistant Professor

Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Psychology & Neuroscience, Arts & Sciences

DIBS Faculty, DIBS Investigator, Member, DIBS Center, D-CIDES Member

Research Description

My unique training in social psychology, affective and cognitive neuroscience, and philosophy of mind provides me with a comprehensive research strategy to explore psychological research questions. I use the tools of neuroscience, specifically functional magnetic imaging (fMRI), and physiological methods such as electromyography (EMG) to address social, cognitive, economic, legal, and philosophical questions. My research looks at the neural correlates and behavioral effects of social and moral emotions on (de)humanized perception, cognition, punishment, and decision making.


Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University, Psychology, 2007-2010

Ph.D., Princeton University, Psychology and Neuroscience, 2007

M.A., Princeton University, Psychology and Neuroscience, 2006

B.S., (Summa Cum Laude), Howard University, Psychology, 2003

Recent Publications

Harris, L. T., & Fiske, S. T. (2009). Neural regions that underlie reinforcement learning are also active for social expectancy violations. Social Neuroscience, in press.

Harris, L. T., & Fiske, S. T. (2009). 
Social neuroscience evidence for dehumanised perception. 
European Review of Social Psychology, 20, 192-231.

Harris, L. T., & Fiske, S. T. (2008). Brooms in Fantasia: Neural correlates of anthropomorphizing objects. Social Cognition, 26, 209-222.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Emotion
  • Decision making
  • Social Cognition